Design Decoded: The Top 12 Easy-to-Read Fonts

How important is it to choose the right font for your website? With a legible font, your business’s message comes through loud and clear. The font you select is a key component of your website design and conveys your brand identity immediately to every visitor. What could be more important than that?

With so many fonts to choose from, though, the selection process can be overwhelming. Vistaprint Digital simplifies things by offering curated font pairings created using Google Fonts – but it’s ultimately up to you to decide which font suits your business best.

With that in mind, here are 12 great choices designed to ensure that your site is easy to read on every platform and device.

Georgia

Here’s the main thing you need to know about Georgia: it’s a serif font. That means each letter includes an embellishment in the form of a small line; the alternative, called sans-serif, is simpler and more streamlined. Despite the fact that serif fonts have that extra detail, they can still be a good choice for websites. Designed for Microsoft, Georgia was actually created with low-resolution screens in mind, so it’s ideal for your desktop and mobile site visitors alike.

easy to read font: georgia

Helvetica

Along with Georgia, Helvetica is considered to be one of the easiest fonts to read according to ‘The Next Web’. This is a sans-serif font and one of the world’s most popular typefaces – a modern classic.

easy to read font: helvetica

PT Sans & PT Serif

Can’t decide whether serif or sans-serif is for you? ParaType comes in both, so you can experiment to see the difference or use a combination of the two. PT Sans and PT Serif work together beautifully.

easy to read font: PT sans
easy to read font: PT serif

Open Sans

What makes this popular Google font so legible? In part, it’s the amount of space – called “kerning” – between characters. According to Google, Open Sans is, “optimised for print, web and mobile interfaces and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms.”

easy to read font: open sans

Quicksand

With so many customers using smartphones and tablets to access online content, your font of choice needs to work on small screens. Quicksand, another sans-serif font from Google, works well on mobile devices. It was built on a foundation of geometric shapes to give the impression of friendliness.

easy to read font: quicksand

Verdana

Verdana sans-serif is another go-to font for web design because of its legibility. Like Georgia, it was created specifically for computer screens. It’s a solid choice if you have large blocks of text, as experts generally agree that sans-serif fonts are easier to read on the web.

easy to read font: verdana

Rooney

Part of your brand identity is its personality, and that personality should also be reflected in your font. If your brand is light-hearted and you appreciate an unconventional approach, a custom font like Rooney could be a perfect fit. The font’s designer, Jan Fromm, writes that, “rounded shapes and soft curves,” leave the reader with an, “overall impression of warmth and smoothness.”

easy to read font: rooney

Karla

There’s nothing fussy about this sans-serif typeface: Karla is tidy and simple. Google describes it as, “popular and quirky,” making it another good pick for distinctive, fun-loving brands.

easy to read font: karla

Roboto

Originally created by Google for use with its Android mobile operating system – and now used for Chrome as well – Roboto comes off as a little bolder than some other typefaces. Google calls it, “modern, yet approachable.” If that sounds like your brand, give it a go.

easy to read font: roboto

Ubuntu

If you’re looking for something distinctly modern, try Ubuntu, which comes from a South African word meaning, “humanity.” This is a humanist-style typeface, meaning that it references calligraphy and the way humans actually write by hand.

easy to read font: ubuntu

Lato

Naming Lato one of the 10 best Google Fonts for websites, art and design resource ‘Creative Bloq’ writes, “The semi-rounded details of the letters give Lato a feeling of warmth, while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness.” Doesn’t that sound perfect for a business site?

easy to read font: lato

Futura

If there’s one more factor you should consider when choosing your font, it’s whether the tone of your site content is formal or casual. Futura is one of those fonts that can be used for both. It’s always sharp and clean – and when your ultimate goal is legibility, that counts for a lot.

easy to read font: futura

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